Along with a number of other senior travellers, we booked a trip to China for April this year that included a cruise or two. The trip had a rather ambitious itinerary which included : Beijing, Tiannanmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Changling Tomb, the Summer Palace, the Imperial Garden, a high speed train ride to the Terra Cotta Soldier site, the Panda Bears, the Hongya Cave, a cruise along the Yangtze River, the Quiang Gorge and the Lesser Three Gorges, and the Three Gorges Dam 5-stage Ship locks, the Three Gorge Dam Project, another cruise on the West Lake and the home village of the world famous “Longling” (Dragon Well) Green Tea, the Lingyin Temple, the Lingering Garden, boat ride along the canals of Suzhou City, the Tiger Hill and finishing up in Shanghai for a visit to the Shanghai Museum and the old town of Shikumnen.
Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus, we have been forced to reconsider our travel plans. The majority of the folks we will be travelling with are senior travellers and have similar concerns. The agency arranging the trip is being very cooperative. So far, we have postponed our China trip until October of this year (edit: Now April 2021). By then, we expect that the outbreak will be controlled, and that we will be able to keep fairly close to our planned itinerary. We’ll update you as our plans come together. [Update: Unless there is a vaccine, Joan and I do not plan any overseas travel for the foreseeable future.]
Quick, Short Trip
These two senior travellers are not ones to stay at home for too long, so we’ve decided to spend a few days in Duluth, MN. It is the nearest city (3 1/2 hour drive), Canadian or American, with the facilities we appreciate. Although I’m fairly certain there could be an article in this trip, it’s unlikely to get written by me ;>) [Update: With the Canada/US border closed, we won’t be going there for a while.]
Future Cruise Plans for Senior Travellers
We are getting ready for our next cruise which will be around the British Isles in July. My daughter and her husband will sail with us. We don’t expect the virus to be a problem for this cruise. You can look for more on that cruise as we get closer to sailing day. [Update: As I’m sure everyone is aware, most cruises have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020, so we will be going nowhere. See our latest post for our current travel plans.]